Ringing in the
Tinnitus or "Ringing in the Ears"
is an increasingly common condition. It is experienced
as a constant ringing, hissing, or other distressing
noises that people hear in their head but that are
not heard by others. A noise that never stops is hard
to take. People who have tinnitus often have trouble
sleeping, concentrating on their work, and enjoying
recreational activities. Some people are in great
distress from the unending noise.
The cause of this disorder varies from sudden loud
noises to frequent exposure to high volumes (such
as headphones, rock concerts (many baby boomers and
their favorite artists have acquired it in this fashion),
noisy work environments, etc.
Treatment for this condition is varied and begins
with visits to Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians and
Audiologists. At present, there is no treatment which
will completely eliminate the condition and all who
experience it must learn to cope with the incessant
presence of this noise. As a psychologist Dr. Pammenter
coaches sufferers on these coping strategies, teaching
individuals what works best to reduce the distress
that accompanies the disorder and which strategies
only serve to exacerbate the problem.
Cognitive Therapy is the first step in managing the
condition, usually combined with Relaxation Training.
Dr. Pammenter has combined these skills with essential
components of Hardiness Training to develop a program
which greatly improves the overall quality of life
for those who must live with tinnitus.
Try the Relaxation exercise that is on this site,
it is an initial strategy to begin the coping process.
Whenever your tension increases it often is accompanied
by increased awareness of the ringing in the ears.
By learning to reduce this tension the distress is
often reduced and can also help initiate sleep when
that is a desired goal.
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